Team-Level Courses

Team-Level Courses

SMED/Quick Changeover

Single-minute exchange of die (SMED) is a lean production method for reducing waste in a manufacturing process. It provides a rapid and efficient way of converting a manufacturing process from running the current product to running the next product. SMED/Quick Changeover is a technique designed to improve efficiency in your manufacturing procedures.

5S/Workplace Organization

5S is a process to create and maintain organized, clean, and safe workplaces. The intent of the 5S process is to have only what you need available in the workplace, a designated place for everything, a standard way of doing things, and the discipline to maintain it. 5S tools and processes allow employees to leverage their knowledge and creativity to design an efficient workplace. Our class will provide monitoring and measurement tools to maintain the improvements that you make. 5S stands for

  • Sort: Eliminate what is not needed
  • Set: A place for everything and everything in its place
  • Shine: Cleaning and looking for ways to keep it clean
  • Standardize: Systematize the maintenance of the first three S’s
  • Sustain: Stick to the rules. Show real progress

Shop Floor Op/Ex Visual Management

A visual workplace is a work environment that is self-explaining, self-ordering, self-regulating, and self-improving.  It is an environment where what is supposed to happen, does happen. On time, every time because of the presence of visual display and control devices. The ideal state is that all employees, operators, and managers should be able to manage every aspect of the process at a glance, using visual data, signals, and guides. Our class helps employees immediately recognize the standard and any deviation from it. The visual workplace helps us understand how the process works and whether it is operating correctly.


Modular arrangement of predetermined time studies (MODAPTS) analyzes motion patterns and non-subjective operator ratings. This is a tool that will increase short-, mid-, and long-term EBITDA, if applied correctly through

  • Increased value-stream throughput
  • Additional value-stream capacity
  • Reduction of value-steam inventory
  • Reduction of operational expense

Our class helps you apply a tool to facilitate safety, improve ergonomics, increase employee morale, and reduce turnover, recordable, and lost time incidents.


Advanced product quality planning (APQP) is a structured method of defining and establishing the steps necessary to ensure that a product satisfies the customer. Effective product quality planning depends on a company's top management's commitment to the effort required in meeting customer specifications. Some goals of product quality planning include

  • Effective communications with those who are involved in the implementation scheme
  • Timely completion of required goals
  • Minimal or no quality problems
  • Minimal risks related to quality during product launch


This class introduces plan for every part (PFEP) processes and tools as the standard project instrument to optimize inventory management, improve material flow, and decrease inventory levels. This course helps to establish the foundation for application of PFEP in your plant: responsibilities, selection and prioritization of parts, populating the database, “walking” parts to validate data, and more.


Built in quality (BIQ) diagnostics is a tool used to evaluate the capability of a process to produce a quality product. BIQ is used to improve the assembly process by focusing on

  • Standardizing work
  • Eliminating waste
  • Reducing errors
  • Reducing technician burden (both physical and mental)
  • Smoothing the workflow
  • Simplifying the assembly process

The goal is to develop efficient, smooth, simple, error-free processes capable of “building in” quality—optimizing performance management. BIQ is a tool that is used to ensure that management is providing the operators with the ideal work environment that allows them to produce a good product.

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